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Three villages get 24-hr power supply under new scheme
Hisar, May 13
With three villages of his Assembly constituency opting for a new scheme for better power supply by cutting losses due to theft and non-payment of bills, Nalwa MLA Sampat Singh says a reverse wave has started blowing in Haryana where farmers, who earlier defaulted in payment of bills and devised means for drawing free power, are shunning pilferage.

Sirsa tops the list in wheat arrival
Sirsa, May 13
Notwithstanding a decline in the procurement of wheat across the state this year, Sirsa still is at the top as far as arrival of wheat in grain markets is concerned. Over 58.22 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of wheat has so far arrived in the state mandis during the current procurement season.

CYBER CRIME
Decrease in average age of victims, accused baffles Gurgaon police
Gurgaon, May 13
Only four months of this year have passed and Gurgaon police’s cyber crime cell has already received a whopping 237 complaints as compared to a total of 380 complaints last year. Though it is the usual cyber bullying and hacking which remain the most rampant crimes, it is the decrease in the average age of victims and the accused, advent of confession pages and an alarming growth rate which has left the police startled.


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Complaints’ record withheld: Health Dept officials pulled up
Sonepat, May 13
Additional Deputy Commissioner SB Lohia, who is inquiring allegations of embezzlement in cleaning of the old sewer lines and in laying of new ones, has pulled up the officials of the Public Health Department for not producing official record of complaint-related works.

Additional Deputy Commissioner SB Lohia inquires into the complaints of alleged embezzlement at a meeting in Sonepat. Photo by writer
Additional Deputy Commissioner SB Lohia inquires into the complaints of alleged embezzlement at a meeting in Sonepat

Sugar mill gets ISO certifications for quality management
Jhajjar, May 13
The Cooperative Sugar Mill, Rohtak, which covers Rohtak, Jhajjar and some parts of Bhiwani district, has received three ISO certifications for quality management in different fields.

Thermal power plants register dismal performance
Yamunanagar/Ambala, May 13
Due to the forced shut downs of a number of thermal units in the state due to technical reasons and reduced demand of power in the winters, power generation by the state-owned power plants hit an all-time low in 2012-2013.

Sirsa girls skate their way to 'Sapno Ka Ticket'
Sirsa, May 13
Two teenagers from the local Shah Satnam Girls School have done Sirsa residents proud by clearing the auditions of “India’s Dancing Super Star” aired on Star Plus recently. Gurvarinder Insan and Swapnil Insan received their “Sapno Ka Ticket” from the three programme judges -- Geeta Kapoor, Ashley Lobo and Riteish Deshmukh.

‘Govt to provide quality education in institutions’
Jhajjar, May 13
Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said problem related to different subjects and their combination being faced by candidates during recruitment of teachers would be resolved at the earliest. She said she had discussed with the chairman of the Haryana Teachers Recruitment Board (HTRB) in this regard.

Girls' school Principal gets Avantika Shiromani Samman
Kurukshetra, May 13
The Principal of Sugni Devi Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Meenakshi Chhabra, was honoured with the prestigious Avantika Shiromani Samman for her outstanding contribution to the field of education and social work at an award ceremony, organised by Banga Sanskriti Bhawan Trust, New Delhi.

Talwinder bags gold in shooting
Kurukshetra, May 13
Talwinder Singh scored an impressive 585 points out of 600 and won the gold medal in air rifle peep sight event while Arvind Singh scored 350 points out of 400 in air pistol category during the two-day Kurukshetra District Shooting Championship, organised by the District Rifle Association.
Girls participate in the Kurukshetra District Shooting Championship at the Naveen Jindal Shooting Range in Kurukshetra. Photo: DR Vij
Girls participate in the Kurukshetra District Shooting Championship at the Naveen Jindal Shooting Range in Kurukshetra

Pensioners’ society demands removal of anomalies
Kurukshetra, May 13
The Haryana Pensioners Welfare Society (HPWS) has urged Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to remove pay fixation of pre-2006 pensioners by implementing the recommendations of the Central government dated January 28, 2013. This was stated by HPWS patron Nawal Kishore Nawal and general secretary Jagdish Prashad here today.

My mother is the best! Apple Blossom Primary School, Gurgaon, celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday. Parents were invited to take part in the celebrations
My mother is the best! Apple Blossom Primary School, Gurgaon, celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday. Parents were invited to take part in the celebrations. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

One arrested for duping man of Rs 30 lakh
Kurukshetra, May 13
Pankaj Kumar, a resident of Sector 14, Chandigarh, has been arrested from near the Chandigarh bus stand for allegedly duping Pradeep Kumar, a resident of Sandholi, of Rs 30 lakh. The money was paid to him by Pradeep Kumar for purchasing a house at HUDA Sector 7 here.

Protests becoming way of life in Karnal
Karnal, May 13
Vehement protests, demonstrations, road blockades, rallies, marches and disruption of normal life have become the order of the day to attract the attention of the government here. Right from beginning of 2013, there has been discernible increase in public protests due to growing feeling among the people that nothing moves without resorting to protests on the roads and public outcry and a large number of protests marred the first quarter of the year.

Suvidha kendra inaugurated in Sirsa
Sirsa, May 13
With a view to benefit the needy people through various welfare schemes of the Union and the Haryana Government, Members of Parliament have been allotting suvidha kendras in nodal districts. A sum of Rs 5 lakh each will be spent on the every office under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Division (MPLAD) scheme.
MP Ashok Tanwar inaugurates a suvidha kendra in Sirsa recently
MP Ashok Tanwar inaugurates a suvidha kendra in Sirsa recently. A Tribune photograph.

Allegations on CM in name of region baseless: Deepender
Sonepat, May 13
As a result of people-friendly policies of Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led state government, Haryana has become a vibrant state and is destined to become a model state for others. The credit indeed goes to the peace-loving and hardworking people of the state.
Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda lays the foundation stone of a community centre at Gumana village in the Baroda Assembly segment recently. Photo: BS Malik

Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda lays the foundation stone of a community centre at Gumana village in the Baroda Assembly segment recently

6-day development programme for college students concludes
Fatehabad, May 13
A six-day "development programme" organised by the Manohar Memorial College of Education concluded here recently. Rajiv Batra, president of the Manohar Memorial Education Society that manages various colleges coming under it, inaugurated the programme.

TMC forms special cell to help rape survivors
Bahadurgarh, May 13
Concerned over rising incidents of crime against women in the state, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has taken an initiative to help rape survivors. The KDS Foundation, run by KD Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP and chief of the north chapter of the TMC, has formed a special cell for the help of rape survivors.

'Awareness crucial to curb crime against women'
Sirsa, May 13
Onika Mehrotra, vice-president of the All-India Mahila Congress and in charge of the Haryana Mahila Congress, has said that awareness among women was important to curb increasing cases of sexual assaults against them in society. Mehrotra was in Sirsa recently to participate in an awareness camp for women.
All-India Mahila Congress vice-president Onika Mehrotra (left) addresses mediapersons as District Mahila Congress president Shilpa Verma looks on in Sirsa
All-India Mahila Congress vice-president Onika Mehrotra (left) addresses mediapersons as District Mahila Congress president Shilpa Verma looks on in Sirsa. Photo: Sushil Manav

Four armed criminals arrested
Sonepat, May 13
The CIA unit of the Sonepat police has arrested four armed criminals identified as Pradeep of Badli village in Jhajjar district, Vikas of Nazafgarh in Delhi, Ajai of Shamlo Khurd in Jind district and Manoj of Gumar village in Sonepat district from a deserted room on the Chhatera-Bindroli road on Friday night while they were planning to loot passersby.
The arrested gangsters along with the seized Innova car in Sonepat. Photo: BS Malik

The arrested gangsters along with the seized Innova car in Sonepat

Nomination to Assembly committees
Chandigarh, May 13
Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Sharma has nominated Subhash Chaudhary, MLA, as a member instead of a special invitee for the Committee on Subordinate Legislation for the remaining period of 2013-14.

Catch them young! Children perform Odissi dance organised by the Sudaaya Dance Foundation at Epicentre in Gurgaon
Catch them young! Children perform Odissi dance organised by the Sudaaya Dance Foundation at Epicentre in Gurgaon. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Praveen Chaudhary to contest from Rewari
Rewari, May 13
After making his intentions clear about entering the poll fray from the Rewari segment during the next Assembly elections, Praveen Chaudhary , a one-time confidant of minster Capt Ajay Singh Yadav and a former chairman of the Rewari zila parishad, has tended to lend sharpness to the approaching electoral contest here.

Tributes paid to Lord Parshuram
Kurukshetra, May 13
Bhagwan Parshuram had fought against injustice and social evils. While following in his footprints, we should take a pledge to uproot social evils from our society. This was stated by the Indian National Lok Dal state president and MLA, Ashok Arora, while addressing the audience at the Parshuram Samaroh organised by the Shri Brahman and Teerthodhar Sabha at Bhagwan Parshuram Chowk.

Quarters for govt employees
Chandigarh, May 13
For Haryana Government employees, the government has decided to construct staff quarters in Gurgaon. A spokesman of the Transport Department said 48 flats in three blocks of 550-600 square feet carpet area had been planned.The land for the project has been identified on the premises of the Gurgaon depot.

550 students from various disciplines attend mega job fair
Sirsa, May 13
In an effort to bridge the unemployment gap, Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College organised a mega job fair on the Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Vidyapeeth campus recently.
Two girls appear for an interview while Principal Gurcharan Dass (standing) looks on in a job fair in the JCDM College of Engineering in Sirsa. A Tribune photograph
Two girls appear for an interview while Principal Gurcharan Dass (standing) looks on in a job fair in the JCDM College of Engineering in Sirsa

Speakers from 25 dental colleges hold training sessions
Yamunanagar, May 13
The departments of Periodontology and Oral Implantology of the local DAV Dental College organised a three-day North India Postgraduate Scientific Programme recently. The programme was inaugurated by Dr BP Khattak.

Consolidation of party
HJC divides state into three zones
Rewari, May 13
With the main aim of consolidating the party organisation at the grassroots level vis-ŕ-vis reaching out to the masses throughout the state, the core committee of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) has divided the state into three major zones.

DAV Public School completes silver jubilee
Kurukshetra, May 13
On the completion of 25 years of existence of DAV Public School, Kurukshetra, Lt Gen (retd) DDS Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, released a souvenir, Subodhini, at a function held on the school premises.

Lt Gen (retd) DDS Sandhu
Lt Gen (retd) DDS Sandhu

Demand for food products technology up
Hisar, May 13
The demand of food products technology developed at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) here is on the rise in the private sector as more of the private companies are coming forward to take home this technology.

2-week programme for faculty development
Sirsa, May 13
Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Institute of Business Management organised an AICTE-sponsored two-week faculty development programme on “Research Methodology in Social Sciences”.





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Three villages get 24-hr power supply under new scheme
Tribune News Service

Hisar, May 13
With three villages of his Assembly constituency opting for a new scheme for better power supply by cutting losses due to theft and non-payment of bills, Nalwa MLA Sampat Singh says a reverse wave has started blowing in Haryana where farmers, who earlier defaulted in payment of bills and devised means for drawing free power, are shunning pilferage.

Chirod and Singhran villages of Nalwa Assembly segment represented by former power and finance minister Sampat Singh had opted for the scheme and all households in the villages are now getting 24-hour power supply instead of 11 hours a day earlier.

Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda had inaugurated the scheme on April 6.

Another village of the constituency, Chuli Bagrian, was covered under the scheme on Monday last.

“Over 200 panchayats all over the state had already asked the Power Distribution Companies (Discoms) to implement the scheme in their villages. Ten more villages of Nalwa assembly constituency and 60 villages of Hisar will soon be covered under this scheme,” Sampat Singh said while addressing mediapersons at Hisar today.

He said to be eligible for the scheme, the bill recovery rate in the village should be 90 per cent and the village should also collectively bring down the aggregate technical and commercial losses to less than 25 per cent.

The former minister said it had been found that the transmission and distribution losses at Chirod village had come down in a month to 10 per cent from 40 per cent prior to implementation of the scheme.

Both Singhran and Chirod had been supplied 1,75,200 units during April, 2012. However, after the scheme was introduced last month, the two villages were supplied 1,64,635 units despite an increase in hours of supply to more than double. This indicated that the theft of power had ceased in these villages.

He said the implementation of the scheme had cost the power utilities Rs 40 lakh which they hoped to recover by March next year. After that the discoms would be earning revenue from the villages.

Interestingly, the number of power connections at Chirod and Singhran had gone up by 25 and 35 per cent, respectively as kundi connections had been eliminated completely.

There had been no tripping or breakdown in supply during the first month.

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Sirsa tops the list in wheat arrival
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, May 13
Notwithstanding a decline in the procurement of wheat across the state this year, Sirsa still is at the top as far as arrival of wheat in grain markets is concerned. Over 58.22 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of wheat has so far arrived in the state mandis during the current procurement season.

A spokesman for the Food and Supplies Department said out of this, over 58.13 lakh MT of wheat has been procured by government agencies at the minimum support price and 8,645 MT of wheat have been purchased by private millers and traders.

He said HAFED had procured over 22.54 lakh MT of wheat, food and supplies over 14.43 lakh MT, Food Corporation of India over 7.22 lakh MT, Haryana Agro Industries Corporation over 5.65 lakh metric tonnes, Haryana Warehousing Corporation over 5.24 lakh metric tonnes and CONFED had purchased 3.03 lakh MT of wheat.

He said Sirsa district was leading in wheat arrival where over 8.14 lakh MT of wheat had so far arrived in the mandis, followed by Karnal district where over 6.50 lakh MT of wheat had arrived.

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CYBER CRIME
Decrease in average age of victims, accused baffles Gurgaon police
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 13
Only four months of this year have passed and Gurgaon police’s cyber crime cell has already received a whopping 237 complaints as compared to a total of 380 complaints last year.

Though it is the usual cyber bullying and hacking which remain the most rampant crimes, it is the decrease in the average age of victims and the accused, advent of confession pages and an alarming growth rate which has left the police startled.

In addition to opening two dedicated cyber crime investigation cells, the police has now started a unique initiative of ‘catching them young’ as a majority of the accused and victims are below 25 years of age.

The police along with a non-profit organisation, "Safe Surfing", has been visiting all city schools creating cyber awareness and deterring children from falling a prey to cyber crime. The move is justified even by the National Crime Records Bureau according to which 1,791 cases were registered in 2011 as compared to 966 in 2010. Shockingly, out of a total of 1,630 people arrested for committing cyber crimes, 41 were below 18 while 883 were in the age group of 18-30 years.

Officials say it is the revelation made by the students which has left them shocked at the gravity of the situation.

“The situation is grave and shocking. We have young children making friends with one and all, divulging personal details and sharing pictures and in many cases ending up being physically, emotionally and mentally harassed. In a majority of cases, where the youth are involved, both the accused and the victim are clueless about cyber rights and the gravity of their violation. We are really concerned about the increased misuse of cyber space and have launched this campaign of reaching out to all students and parents,” said Police Commissioner Alok Mittal.

“A Class X student revealed how she had been having sleepless nights because an anonymous user had updated her school’s confession page saying she was physically involved with a classmate. Similarly many girls are perturbed over their Facebook photographs being misused to create fake profiles.

The children are completely unaware of security settings or smart phone settings. The parents are least bothered and this is the reason that today we have social-media inspired molestations, suicide cases and abductions,” added resource person Rakshit Tandon.

Frequent crimes involving youth

  • Cyber bullying on anonymous page called 'confessions'
  • email ID hacked and misused
  • Fake ID using information on victim and his/her picture to create fake profiles
  • Facebook ID hacked and misused

Watch out for these technologies

  • Options like AUTOSYNC PICS on Facebook Apps in phone can share all your gallery pics automatically on Facebook without your noticing it
  • GEO TAGGING feature of mobile cameras stores your location in the photo while being clicked

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Complaints’ record withheld: Health Dept officials pulled up
BS Malik

Sonepat, May 13
Additional Deputy Commissioner SB Lohia, who is inquiring allegations of embezzlement in cleaning of the old sewer lines and in laying of new ones, has pulled up the officials of the Public Health Department for not producing official record of complaint-related works.

Expressing concern over the alleged delaying tactics of the department during hearing of the complaint in his office, the ADC fixed May 17 as the next date of hearing and directed the department engineers to come to the meeting with full records. He even hinted to recommend vigilance inquiry into the complaints.

It is recalled that the state general secretary of the Panchayati Raj Cell of the HPCC, Vinod Dhankhar, had lodged a complaint to the Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda and the Deputy Commissioner, Sonepat, Pankaj Aggarwal, about the large scale alleged embezzlement in the cleaning of sewer lines as well as in laying of the new sewer lines in different parts of Sonepat.

Dhankhar even submitted the copies of the department documents in support of his allegations. Taking notice on the complaint, the DC earmarked inquiry to the ADC and asked him to submit an inquiry report.

Dhankhar alleged that no one from the department attended the two meetings earlier fixed by the ADC. In the third meeting on Friday, the department engineers did not bring the entire official record relating to inquiry of the complaint.

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Sugar mill gets ISO certifications for quality management
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 13
The Cooperative Sugar Mill, Rohtak, which covers Rohtak, Jhajjar and some parts of Bhiwani district, has received three ISO certifications for quality management in different fields.

Veer Singh, Managing Director (MD) of the mill, said the mill had been awarded three ISO certifications for quality management system, environment management system and occupational health and safety management system.

He claimed that this was for the first time when any sugar mill in the north India had got three ISO certifications together. The MD said a team of officials from Vexil Business Process Service carried out an inspection of the sugar mill complex minutely to evaluate quality, environment and occupational health and safety management system.

“On the basis of this evaluation report, the sugar mill, whose new complex was inaugurated in 2009, has been awarded three ISO certifications for better management. The mill has crushed more than 33 lakh quintals of sugarcane, besides exporting electricity worth Rs 26 crore to the state grid,” Veer Singh said.

He said with the installation of technical features like rope coupling, planetary year box, VFD, DC drive, etc, the new mill complex consumed low power in comparison to the old ones. The old mill used to crush merely 17,500 quintals of sugarcane against 5 MW power per hour while the newer complex was crushing 37,000 quintals with the same power capacity, he added.

Keeping in view the significant performance by the sugar mill, the National Federation of Sugar Mills, New Delhi, the apex body of the Cooperative Sugar Mills, has also awarded it a Certificate of Excellence. The performance parameters of the mill had been improving with the passage of time as novel technology was being used here for sugar production, the MD added.

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Thermal power plants register dismal performance
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar/Ambala, May 13
Due to the forced shut downs of a number of thermal units in the state due to technical reasons and reduced demand of power in the winters, power generation by the state-owned power plants hit an all-time low in 2012-2013.

The report by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) shows that all the three thermal plants of the HPGCL in the state have failed to meet their target. The maximum shortfall was registered at the Yamunanagar thermal plant. The 600-MW plant was supposed to produce 3,961 million units (MU) whereas it could only produce 962 million units, missing the target by 2,999 MU.

The 1200-MW Khedar (Hissar) thermal plant missed the target of 7,041 MU by 2,078 MU, while the 1,360-MW plant at Panipat missed the target of 9,700 MU by 764 MU.

The fall in power generation at the Yamunanagar plant was due to forced outage of units which remained out of order for a major part of the year, while the generation at the Khedar plant suffered due to repeated boiler tube leakages and turbine bearing problems.

Meanwhile, the country generated 911.65 billion units (BU) in 2012-13 as compared to 876.89 BU last year, showing a growth rate of 3.96 per cent. During the same period, thermal power generation was 760.37 BU compared to 708.81 BU last year, growing at 7.27 per cent.

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Sirsa girls skate their way to 'Sapno Ka Ticket'
Sushil Manav/TNS

Sirsa, May 13
Two teenagers from the local Shah Satnam Girls School have done Sirsa residents proud by clearing the auditions of “India’s Dancing Super Star” aired on Star Plus recently. Gurvarinder Insan and Swapnil Insan received their “Sapno Ka Ticket” from the three programme judges -- Geeta Kapoor, Ashley Lobo and Riteish Deshmukh.

Wearing skates on their feet, both the girls danced their way to victory on a small table, claiming that their act has not been performed by any other contestant ever before in any show.

As soon as the song “Duniya ki baten waten chhod ke, ghamon ki baahon ko maror ke, khushi khadi hai jis mor pe, we got to go that way” started in the background, the girls started performing all kinds of acrobatics on a small table.

The families of both Gurvarinder and Swapnil, students of Classes IX and X respectively, are followers of Dera Sacha Sauda.

“Initially, they presented their programme in front of Guruji (Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh), who motivated them to participate in "India’s Dancing Super Star,” said Sheela Punia, Principal of Shah Satnamji Girl School.

She said the girls participated in their first trial held in Chandigarh on February 17 and then performed in Delhi auditions on March 4 where they obtained their ticket to Mumbai through a stunning performance.

Gurvarinder and Swapnil’s parents, classmates, teachers and residents of Sirsa town are excited at their entry in to the next round and are praying for their successful participation in the show.

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‘Govt to provide quality education in institutions’
Ravinder Saini

Jhajjar, May 13
Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said problem related to different subjects and their combination being faced by candidates during recruitment of teachers would be resolved at the earliest. She said she had discussed with the chairman of the Haryana Teachers Recruitment Board (HTRB) in this regard.

Bhukkal was interacting with mediapersons after redressing public grievances at her residence here recently. A significant numbers of candidates are facing the problem of their subject combination during the ongoing process of teachers’ recruitment.

She said the state government had vowed to provide quality education in government institutions, hence sincere efforts were being made to make all possible facilities available there. Various ambitious schemes like the Parvesh Utsav and Class Readiness Programme were also being implemented in order to enhance admission of children in government schools, she added.

“Under the Class Readiness Programme, students are being taught about the activities of government offices and banks so as to upgrade their skill,” said the minister, adding that the programme would turn out to be an instrument in developing intellectual skill of the student.

In reply to a question regarding safety of girl students and women in the state, Bhukkal said close circuit television cameras would be installed in and outside colleges across the state.

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Girls' school Principal gets Avantika Shiromani Samman
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, May 13
The Principal of Sugni Devi Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Meenakshi Chhabra, was honoured with the prestigious Avantika Shiromani Samman for her outstanding contribution to the field of education and social work at an award ceremony, organised by Banga Sanskriti Bhawan Trust, New Delhi.

This award is given every year by Avantika, an international group of contemporary artists and intellectuals. The main motive of the group is to honour teachers and students for their path-breaking contribution in promoting social welfare, education and Indian art and culture.

The award includes an appreciation certificate, a memento and a shawl, which will be presented to Chhabra along with 75 other recipients of the same award by Mahabali Satpal Singh, Padma Shri and Dronacharya Awardee, who is now Additional Director (Education), Sports, Delhi Government.

Dr Anand Aggarwal, Director, Avantika Group, and Dr Ram Avtar, former Vice-Chancellor of Agra University, were among those who were present on the occasion.

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Talwinder bags gold in shooting
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, May 13
Talwinder Singh scored an impressive 585 points out of 600 and won the gold medal in air rifle peep sight event while Arvind Singh scored 350 points out of 400 in air pistol category during the two-day Kurukshetra District Shooting Championship, organised by the District Rifle Association. The championship concluded at the Naveen Jindal Shooting Range here recently.

The event saw around 70 participants from different age groups. Chief Guest Rakesh Kumar Arya, the district police chief, gave away the prizes and medals.to the winners.

MP Naveen Jindal, who has represented India in various shooting tournaments himself, congratulated the winners. In a message to the players. he said that it was his dream to see Kurukshetra shooters winning Olympic medals in shooting. He said such events should be organised at regular intervals.

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Pensioners’ society demands removal of anomalies

Kurukshetra, May 13
The Haryana Pensioners Welfare Society (HPWS) has urged Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to remove pay fixation of pre-2006 pensioners by implementing the recommendations of the Central government dated January 28, 2013. This was stated by HPWS patron Nawal Kishore Nawal and general secretary Jagdish Prashad here today.

They said the Centre had implemented the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission for the pensioners and employees with effect from January 1, 2006, with two formulae, one for pre-2006 and another for post-2006 pensioners. The pre-2006 formula was against the letter and spirit of the recommendations because the pre-2006 pensioners were denied grade pay of the pay band and now it had been included in the pay scale.

They had also urged the CM to remove another anomaly of the Sixth Pay Commission by giving 28 years service benefit with effect from January 1, 2006. — OC

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One arrested for duping man of Rs 30 lakh

Kurukshetra, May 13
Pankaj Kumar, a resident of Sector 14, Chandigarh, has been arrested from near the Chandigarh bus stand for allegedly duping Pradeep Kumar, a resident of Sandholi, of Rs 30 lakh. The money was paid to him by Pradeep Kumar for purchasing a house at HUDA Sector 7 here.

District police chief Rakesh Kumar Arya said Pradeep Kumar had lodged a complaint with the police that on March 22, 2013, he had paid Rs 30 lakh to Karanveer, alias Hardev, alias Pratap, a resident of Amritsar, for purchasing a house at HUDA Sector 7.

But, Pankaj Kumar in connivance of Karanveer Gurmeet Singh Katara, the owner of the house, duped him of Rs 30 lakh as the house was not registered in the name of complainant. The accused didi not return the money. Pankajadmitted that he with the other accused committed the crime. He was produced in the court here today and was remanded to two-day police custody. — OC

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Protests becoming way of life in Karnal
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 13
Vehement protests, demonstrations, road blockades, rallies, marches and disruption of normal life have become the order of the day to attract the attention of the government here. Right from beginning of 2013, there has been discernible increase in public protests due to growing feeling among the people that nothing moves without resorting to protests on the roads and public outcry and a large number of protests marred the first quarter of the year.

Whether it is registration of cases pertaining to rape, crime women against, atrocities on Dalits, closing or shifting of liquor vends or arresting culprits, the authorities “wait for situation to simmer” in most of the cases.

Even for pressing the genuine demands and issues concerning public like better health and education facilities, roads, regular drinking water and power supply, people have no option but to lodge protests.

Social organisations expressing anger against rise in crime and other socially relevant issues, ex-servicemen incensed over killing of soldiers, employees organisation and even political parties consider protests as the only way to make their voices heard.

Since January 2013, farmers were up in arms against the recovery of 20 per cent cost of stolen transformers followed by demand for higher minimum support price for sugarcane and wheat with an increase in bonus for wheat.

Dalit anger against atrocities perpetuated on them at Pabnawa village in Kaithal exploded with the Chamar Mahasabha, Haryana, openly coming out in their support and holding a protest march. A case was registered against UHBVN officials only after the family members and villagers blocked the National Highway-1 and placed the body of the deceased there.

The failure of the police to trace the culprit in the murder of an elderly couple in Jambha village in Karnal district even after a year resulted in protests by the villagers.

Army Foundation Day was marked by protests by ex-servicemen who were enraged over the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers and chopping off the head of the third by the Pakistan forces.

Silent protest by the Haryana Hotel Association by wearing black badges was held against the decision of the Union Government to impose five per cent additional tax on air conditioned hotels and restaurants. Lawyers also expressed solidarity against the lathicharge on Chandigarh lawyers.

Political parties, including the INLD, BJP, HJC and the Aam Aadmi Party, burnt effigies of the Chief Minister on several occasions to register protest against spurt in rape cases, inadequate crop compensation to farmers, steep hike of 13 per cent in power tariff , increase in road tax and killing of Indian soldiers and Sarabjit Singh.

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Suvidha kendra inaugurated in Sirsa
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, May 13
With a view to benefit the needy people through various welfare schemes of the Union and the Haryana Government, Members of Parliament have been allotting suvidha kendras in nodal districts. A sum of Rs 5 lakh each will be spent on the every office under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Division (MPLAD) scheme.

Sirsa MP Dr Ashok Tanwar said this after inaugurating a suvidha kendra at the Panchayat Bhawan in Sirsa today.

The suvidha kendras are the offices where people can get information about various government welfare schemes.

He said various schemes of the Central Government, including the Backward Region Grant Fund Scheme, the Minority Concentration District Plan, had been started in the district. Tanwar said so far Rs 86 crore had been spent in the district under the Backward Region Grant Fund Scheme. He said a multi-sectoral plan had been prepared under the Minority Concentration District Plan during the current financial year and a sum of Rs 40 crore would be spent on various development works under it.

The MP said five blocks of the district- Ellenabad, Bada Guda, Odhan and Dabwali- have been covered under the plan. said Rs 10 crore would be spent in the five blocks.

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Allegations on CM in name of region baseless: Deepender
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 13
As a result of people-friendly policies of Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led state government, Haryana has become a vibrant state and is destined to become a model state for others. The credit indeed goes to the peace-loving and hardworking people of the state.

This was stated by Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda while addressing public meetings in Gumana, Bilbilan, Katwal, Baroda and Kathura villages in the Baroda Assembly segment recently.

He pointed out that the development and progress was not being accepted by the people having political interests and they indulged in levelling baseless allegations in the name of region and caste on the government .

Hooda claimed that the Railway Ministry had cleared many projects in the state that included a rail coach manufacturing factory in Sonepat, new tracks and trains, including metro for Faridabad, Gurgaon and Bahadurgarh. The opening of the universities and national institutes, setting up of power generating plants and widening of the roads besides other development projects had been undertaken in every part of the state, he added.

On the occasion, he laid the foundation of a community centre at Gumana village and assured to fulfil other demands of the villagers. Baroda MLA, Sri Krishan Hooda, the SDM of Gohana, Vivek Chaudhary, Executive Engineer of the Public Health Department Jagbir Singh Phogat, were also present at the meetings.

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6-day development programme for college students concludes
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, May 13
A six-day "development programme" organised by the Manohar Memorial College of Education concluded here recently. Rajiv Batra, president of the Manohar Memorial Education Society that manages various colleges coming under it, inaugurated the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Batra said programmes like this were aimed at all-round development of students. During the programme, Jaspreet Kaur from the District Red Cross Society, Fatehabad, gave tips on first aid to the participants. Giving demonstrations, Jaspreet Kaur told participants as to how they could save precious lives at the time of road accidents or other types of injuries.

A group of karate coaches and students brought by Neha Mittal, Dr Anjana Dawra and Sandhya Agarwal of the District Karate Association, gave sInderjit Monga and Heena from HARTRON, Anil Nagpal from APTECH and Lalit Chopra from the ITC Department of the college gave tips on the basics of computers.

Tripta Mehta, an Assistant Professor from the English Department of Manohar Memorial Post Graduate College briefed the students on various aspects of communication skills.

Umesh Arya from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology threw some light on various aspects of personality development.

Vansh Jain from Government National PG College spoke about the points to be taken care of at the time of facing an interview while Ishwar Bharti from the Divya Jyoti Sansthan elaborated some techniques to control one's senses.

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TMC forms special cell to help rape survivors
Our Correspondent

Bahadurgarh, May 13
Concerned over rising incidents of crime against women in the state, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has taken an initiative to help rape survivors. The KDS Foundation, run by KD Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP and chief of the north chapter of the TMC, has formed a special cell for the help of rape survivors.

Satish Tyagi, political secretary to Dr KD Singh, said this while interacting with mediapersons here today.

The cell while working round-the-clock would adopt rape victims to provide them adequate monetary aid for their schooling. Moreover, it would also bear their wedding expenses, besides providing houses to their families, he said.

“The move aims at remaining such victims connected to society as it is usually seen that people keep themselves away from them after such incidents instead of lending them a helping hand to bring them out from the trauma,” Tyagi said.

He maintained that the cell would also provide them legal aid free of cost, besides ensuring safety and security to the victims and their family members.

“We have launched a helpline No. 09560133232 for getting information about rape victims. One can inform the cell about such incidents by making a call at any time. Executives of the cell, after getting the call, would not only contact the victims and their kin but also provide them every possible help without delay,” said the TMC leader.

Tyagi maintained that it was perhaps for the first time when a political party had took such a step. The TMC had shown the way to other political parties by taking this initiative for a social cause.

He added that the cell had already adopted two rape survivors and was sincerely working for their betterment.

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'Awareness crucial to curb crime against women'
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, May 13
Onika Mehrotra, vice-president of the All-India Mahila Congress and in charge of the Haryana Mahila Congress, has said that awareness among women was important to curb increasing cases of sexual assaults against them in society. Mehrotra was in Sirsa recently to participate in an awareness camp for women.

“It was important to make women aware that they should gather information about those living in their vicinity and enquire about new persons coming to live in their respective localities. This will help in identifying anti-social elements, who could later indulge in such crimes,” said Mehrotra while addressing mediapersons.

She lauded the efforts of District Mahila Congress chief Shilpa Verma in spreading social awareness among women, which she claimed, had led to improvement in gender ratio in the district.

Mehrotra praised Chief Minister BS Hooda for initiating several health and education schemes in the state for the benefit of women.

Shilpa Verma said her organisation had constituted women’s bodies at the block and ward levels to spread awareness about government’s people-friendly policies among the masses.

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Four armed criminals arrested
BS Malik

Sonepat, May 13
The CIA unit of the Sonepat police has arrested four armed criminals identified as Pradeep of Badli village in Jhajjar district, Vikas of Nazafgarh in Delhi, Ajai of Shamlo Khurd in Jind district and Manoj of Gumar village in Sonepat district from a deserted room on the Chhatera-Bindroli road on Friday night while they were planning to loot passersby.

According to police spokesman, the police also seized two pistols, four live cartridges, one empty cartridge, ropes and an Innova car from their possession. One of the gangsters allegedly fired at the police team before they were taken into custody.

After registering a case against them in Kundli police station, they were produced in the court yesterday and the court remanded them in police custody.

During interrogation, they confessed to have looted an Innova car from GT road near Barhi village and a Santro car from Gannaur, besides their involvement in two other cases of loot. SP Arun Singh had announced to reward the members of the CIA team.

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Nomination to Assembly committees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Sharma has nominated Subhash Chaudhary, MLA, as a member instead of a special invitee for the Committee on Subordinate Legislation for the remaining period of 2013-14.

While stating this here, a spokesman of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha said Mamu Ram had been nominated as special invitee to serve on the Subject Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, Women and Child Development and Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes for the remaining time period of the current year.

He said Anand Kaushik had resigned from the membership of the Subject Committee on Food and Supplies and the resignation has been accepted by the Speaker.

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Praveen Chaudhary to contest from Rewari

Rewari, May 13
After making his intentions clear about entering the poll fray from the Rewari segment during the next Assembly elections, Praveen Chaudhary , a one-time confidant of minster Capt Ajay Singh Yadav and a former chairman of the Rewari zila parishad, has tended to lend sharpness to the approaching electoral contest here.

Targeting the minister for his failure to provide a facelift to the Rewari region even after uninterrupted 8-year-long ministerial spell in the present Hooda government, he, along with his wife Vibha Chaudhary, a former councillor of the zila parishad, announced that he would now contest the approaching Assembly poll from here.

He said after bidding adieu to the INLD, he joined the Congress and extended support to Capt Ajay Singh Yadav in his much-hyped development mission in the region but Capt Yadav's style of functioning belied his expectations, which forced him to part company with Capt Yadav and to quit the Congress. Specifically mentioning about Capt Yadav's repeated assertions that Rs 1,736 crore had been spent on development works in Rewari constituency during the past eight years , Chaudhary said if the miserable condition of the roads was any indication , the enormous amount could have been misappropriated. — OC

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Tributes paid to Lord Parshuram
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, May 13
Bhagwan Parshuram had fought against injustice and social evils. While following in his footprints, we should take a pledge to uproot social evils from our society. This was stated by the Indian National Lok Dal state president and MLA, Ashok Arora, while addressing the audience at the Parshuram Samaroh organised by the Shri Brahman and Teerthodhar Sabha at Bhagwan Parshuram Chowk.

Arora said the prevailing social evils in our society, including female foetecide, dowry and drug addiction, were a curse and we needed to uproot these.

Shri Brahman and Teerthodhar Sabha president Jai Narayan Sharma presided over the function while municipal councillor Narender Sharma was the guest of honour.

Floral tributes were also paid to Bhagwan Parshuram on the occasion.

Representatives of various social and religious organisations were among others who attended the function.

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Quarters for govt employees
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 13
For Haryana Government employees, the government has decided to construct staff quarters in Gurgaon. A spokesman of the Transport Department said 48 flats in three blocks of 550-600 square feet carpet area had been planned.The land for the project has been identified on the premises of the Gurgaon depot.

He said the Haryana Police Housing Corporation had been entrusted with the task of constructing these quarters.

The cost of the project was likely to be Rs 5 crore.

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550 students from various disciplines attend mega job fair
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, May 13
In an effort to bridge the unemployment gap, Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College organised a mega job fair on the Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Vidyapeeth campus recently.

As many as 550 students from various diploma, engineering and MBA colleges attended the job fair. This career fair invited companies that were active in hiring "global talent", creating valuable 'matchmaking' opportunities for students.

Six reputed companies -- Dzire Infosoft, Acecon Solution, Goinfoway, Futuronix, Aviva Group and shine.com participated in the job fair.

These six companies were from the field of automation, PLC, SCADA, Web designing, IT and Telecom sector.

Dr Shamim Sharma, managing director of JCDV, welcomed the delegates of these companies.

She also addressed the students and promised that she would ensure that these placement opportunities were provided to them from time to time. Aspiring students of diploma/ engineering and business schools from all over Haryana participated in the job fair.

Dzire Infosoft of Jaipur selected 12 students after a face-to-face technical round of nearly 189 registered candidates of Computer Science, Information Technology and Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Out of the 50 students from mechanical and civil engineering registered by Aviva Group, 11 students were selected. Goinfoway shortlisted the candidates of computer science engineering and information technology after a written aptitude/technical test and group discussion.

As many as 50 Students from mechanical, electrical and electronics & communication engineering participated in the aptitude test and group discussion of Futuronix Automation Private Limited. The company shortlisted 10 students and they are supposed to report on the campus of Futuronix Automation Private Limited on May 4 for their final HR round. The CEO of ACS Group was himself present in the job fair and shortlisted 48 candidates for the final client-evaluation round.

A total of 81 students from various disciplines have been selected in the mega job fair.

Dr Gurcharan Dass, Principal of Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College, congratulated all the selected students and wished them a bright future. He also announced that Telecom Network Solution would be visiting Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College campus for a placement drive very soon.

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Speakers from 25 dental colleges hold training sessions
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, May 13
The departments of Periodontology and Oral Implantology of the local DAV Dental College organised a three-day North India Postgraduate Scientific Programme recently. The programme was inaugurated by Dr BP Khattak.

Speaking on the occasion, Khattak said changes increased awareness among the masses. Doctors also had to update themselves according to the needs of the patients and society.

The programme was attended by the faculty and postgraduate students of all the dental colleges in north India. Prof CS Saimbi, Principal, Career Dental College, Lucknow, emphasised that while upgrading to newer techniques, the basics should not be forgotten. He added that this event was one of its kind in amalgamating both the approaches.

Organised under the patronage of Dr IK Pandit, Director and Principal of DAV College, the programme was attended by speakers from more than 25 dental colleges. He said the ongoing training sessions were more important to gain expertise so that "we can safeguard our patients' safety and comfort.

Dr Nymphea Pandit, organising chairman of the programme, stressed the need for organising such events for proper dissemination of knowledge for budding periodontists and ensuring benefit to the patients.

The postgraduate students, who attended the programme, said they gained a lot from the views presented by the stalwarts in the field of periodontology and oral implantology.

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Consolidation of party
HJC divides state into three zones
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 13
With the main aim of consolidating the party organisation at the grassroots level vis-ŕ-vis reaching out to the masses throughout the state, the core committee of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) has divided the state into three major zones.

While the first zone comprising five parliamentary constituencies of Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Sonepat and Rohtak will be headed by HJC stalwart and former minister Dharam Pal Malik, former Rajya Sabha member Ramji Lal Jangra will be the chairman of the second zonal committee comprising of the Hisar and Sirsa parliamentary constituencies.

Similarly, former legislator and a firebrand politician of the Ahirwal region Raghu Yadav will be the chief of the third zonal panel containing the three parliamentary constituencies of Gurgaon, Mahendergarh-Bhiwani and Faridabad.

This was stated by Raghu Yadav , chairman of the South Haryana panel, at a press conference here recently.

Besides Yadav, four other senior members of the committee, former MLA Dharam Pal Sangwan, former legislator Ganpat Rai, former MP Jangvir Singh and former minister Dr Dharambir Yadav were also present on the occasion.

Stating that while HJC activists in the above areas would work hand in hand with their alliance partner BJP in reaching out to the masses during the ensuing one-month-long mass contact campaign, Yadav said they would also organise public rallies in all the big villages of south Haryana which would be prominently addressed by HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi.

Yadav claimed that if the prevailing political scenario was any indication, the HJC-BJP would form the next government that would be headed by Kuldeep Bishnoi.

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DAV Public School completes silver jubilee
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, May 13
On the completion of 25 years of existence of DAV Public School, Kurukshetra, Lt Gen (retd) DDS Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, released a souvenir, Subodhini, at a function held on the school premises.

Addressing the audience, Dr Sandhu laid stress on imparting moral values to students in educational institutes.

Appreciating DAV institutions for rendering moral education to their students, Sandhu said," DAV institutes have done yeoman service in spreading school education after independence of India".

The dream of Swami Dayanand Saraswati and Swami Vivekanand had been fulfilled by the efforts of DAV institutions.

DAV Public School managing committee president Vijay Sabharwal said this school had registered a remarkable growth in these 25 years and students of the school had attained high positions in administration, industry, academia and in other fields of life.

The school Principal, Geetika Jasuja, welcomed the guests and highlighted the achievements of the school.

Haryana Finance Commission Member and Thanesar Municipal Council former president Subhash Sudha and Gita Niketan former Principal Madan Lal Sharma were among those who were present on the occasion.

Prizes were given away by Dr Sandu to the winners of an inter-school declamation contest.

Results:

Declamation contest: 1 Yashika of DAV Public School, Kaithal; 2 Sanchi of DAV Public School, Chika; 3 Misha of DAV Public School, Kurukshetra, and Mahima of DAV Public School, Shahabad.

Consolation prize: 1 Noorpreet of DAV Public School, Siwan, and Diya of DAV Public School, Shahabad.

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Demand for food products technology up
Sushil Manav/TNS

Hisar, May 13
The demand of food products technology developed at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) here is on the rise in the private sector as more of the private companies are coming forward to take home this technology.

In this sequel, a private company, Kamboj Foods Pvt Ltd, has also signed a pact with the university, under which the company has been granted a non-exclusive licence to use the technology.

About a fortnight ago, another company, DKS Incorporates, had also inked an agreement with this university to acquire this technology.

Under the pact signed with Kamboj Foods Pvt Ltd, the company will use food products technology developed by the Foods & Nutrition Department and the Centre of Food Science & Technology of the university for the preparation of bajra (Pearl millet) biscuits and quality protein maize (eight variants each), bajra cake (two variants), namak pare and Brahmi biscuits (one variant each).

An MoU to this effect was signed by Dr SS Siwach on behalf of the CCSHAU and Shubh Karan Kamboj on behalf of Kamboj Foods Pvt Ltd. Dr Ram Singh, Director Human Resource Management, Dr SK Sethi, Principal Investigator, BPD Unit, Dean, College of Home Science, Dr Saroj Jeet Singh and Heads of Department of Foods & Nutrition and the Centre of Food Science & Technology, Dr Pinki Boora and Dr Salim Siddqui, were present.

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2-week programme for faculty development
Sushil Manav/TNS

Sirsa, May 13
Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Institute of Business Management organised an AICTE-sponsored two-week faculty development programme on “Research Methodology in Social Sciences”.

The programme was inaugurated by former professor Ashok Mittal, Director, PNB Met Life Insurance, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

Dr DD Arora, Dean of Colleges, Kurukshetra University, presided over the inaugural ceremonies. Dr Shamim Sharma, Managing Director, JCD Vidyapeeth, welcomed Dr Mittal and Dr Arora.

In her address to the audience, she emphasised the contribution of teachers to society and nation development.

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